névé

[ ney-vey ]
/ neɪˈveɪ /
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noun

granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
a field of such snow.

Origin of névé

1850–55; < Franco-Provençal < Vulgar Latin *nivātum, noun use of neuter of Latin nivātus snow-cooled, equivalent to niv- (stem of nix snow) + -ātus -ate1
Also called firn, old snow.
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British Dictionary definitions for neve

névé

/ (ˈnɛveɪ) /

noun

Also called: firn a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice

Word Origin for névé

C19: from Swiss French névé glacier, from Late Latin nivātus snow-cooled, from nix snow
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Word Origin and History for neve

neve


n.

"field of granular snow, firn," 1843, from French névé (19c.), probably from Savoyard névi "mass of snow," from Latin nivem (nominative nix) "snow" (cf. French neige), from PIE root *sneigwh- "snow, to snow" (see snow (n.)).

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Science definitions for neve

névé

[ nā-vā ]

The upper part of a glacier, consisting of hardened snow.
The granular snow typically found in such a field.
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